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Ozan Karaman

Cities Page Co-Editor

Defending Future Commons: The Gezi Experience

[Istiklal Street on 31 May 2013. Image by Harun EŞKAR via Wikimedia Commons]

The 2013 uprising in Turkey commenced with a call by a handful of activists to guard a park located adjacent to Taksim Square–the most centrally-located public square in Istanbul–from the Istanbul Municipality’s bulldozers. As a part of the redevelopment plan for the whole square, the PM Erdoğan and the Istanbul mayor had repeatedly informed the public of their decision to redevelop Gezi Park into a building complex, to contain a parking garage, museum, shopping mall, and ...

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Ozan Karaman


Ozan Karaman is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow. He has published research papers on urban renewal, governance, urban poverty, housing, and social justice focusing particularly on Istanbul. As an advisor to the Urban Sociology Research Module at the Singapore ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustanaibility (SEC), he is currently co-supervising a project on global comparative urbanism. Ozan is a co-editor of Jadaliyya's Cities Page. Click here to visit his University of Glasgow profile.